Simon Callow to star as 'Count Fosco' in "The Woman in White" from 29 Aug 2005

Simon Callow to star as 'Count Fosco' in "The Woman in White" from 29 Aug 2005

Simon Callow is to make his debut as a West End musical star playing 'Count Fosco' in The Woman in White at the Palace Theatre from 29 Aug 2005.

Simon Callow's London stage credits include: "The Alchemist" at the Olivier, NT in 1996; "The Importance of Being Oscar " at the Savoy in 1996; "The Mystery of Charles Dickens" at the Comedy & Albery Theatres in 2000 & 2002; "Through The Leaves" at the Duchess in 2003; "The Holy Terror" at the Duke of York's in 2004.

The cast of The Woman in White currently features: Anthony Andrews (Count Fosco, Simon Callow taking over role from 29 Aug), Ruthie Henshall (Marian Halcombe), Damian Humbley (Walter Hartwright), Elinor Collett (Anne Catherick - 'the Woman in White'), Michael Cormick (Sir Percival Glyde), Alexandra Silber (Laura Fairlie), Edward Petherbridge (Mr Fairlie).

The Woman in White opened 15 Sep 2004, following previews from 28 Aug, to moderate notices from the popular press: MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Andrew Lloyd Webber's best score in years and Trevor Nunn's visually vibrant production can disguise the fact that this show is saddled with an impossible book." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "A terrible disappointment.....Yes, there are moments when Lloyd Webber comes up with the big lush romantic melodies that are his forte, though these days they tend to sound alarmingly like retreads of his own earlier work." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, " Fluent production....I suspect The Woman In White will be haunting the West End for some time to come." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "So old-fashioned it deserves to be stuffed and displayed in a museum for deceased musicals... I came out humming with boredom."

This new musical is freely adapted by Charlotte Jones from Wilkie Collins's Victorian thriller. It has lyrics by David Zippel and score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

It is directed by Trevor Nunn, designed by William Dudley, with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Mick Potter. Dance and movement will be by Wayne McGregor and Simon Lee is the musical supervisor

A dashing young man, employed as the art tutor to two devoted sisters, is stranded at a remote railway cutting. Out of the darkness looms a woman, a mysterious figure dressed in white, desperate to share a chilling secret. He and the sisters soon find themselves trapped in a web of betrayal and greed, the victims of a seemingly flawless crime. As the plot twists and turns, low villainy vies with high romance in a world where nothing is as it first appears and where it is impossible to know who to trust.

The Woman in White is currently taking bookings to 1 April 2006

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